Apps to Help Speed Up Your Mac
Apple might be known more these days for its line-up of high quality mobile devices, namely the iPhone, iPad and the iPod; but it first established its brand with its set of stylish personal computers lovingly called Macs. Today, they continue to serve both entertainment and work needs of about 66 million people, whether it’s in the comfort of their own homes with the iMac or on the go with the MacBook series.
Although these machines are fast and powerful, they still experience slowdown just like any computer. This is mainly due to the hard drive getting filled up with unnecessary files. Other possible reasons are errors in the disk sectors or, the worst case scenario, a malware infection. Just this April, almost 600,000 Macs fell victims to a Trojan virus, finally debunking the long-standing myth that they were 100% safe from such attacks.
Fortunately, there are apps for the Mac that can fix these problems.
Five Apps that Mac Owners Facing Speed Issues Can Try
1. CleanMyMac – After months of heavy use, Macs can easily get bloated with big amounts of junk files stored in the hard drive. This app takes care of that problem by deleting cached temporary files that manage to collect in the bowels of system folders through numerous installed applications or malware.
What makes this software stand out is it gives users the ability to choose exactly what areas to clean, whether it’s entire directories, single programs or even the specific files of one particular program.
2. SpeedUp Mac – This program by Stellar Information Systems does what its name says by targeting duplicate files, temporary files, universal binaries, unused language files and more for deletion. It also serves as an easy tool for uninstalling widgets, plugins and entire programs that are no longer being used, placing them in three separate lists for users’ convenience.
Upon scanning the entire hard drive, it shows a list of files users might want to delete, giving them the option to keep what they want. Users also don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting important files with the backup feature which places them in ZIP folders.
3. EaseUS CleanGenius – Cleaning up a Mac couldn’t be easier with this software. With one click, it will pore over every nook and cranny of the hard drive to uncover logs and caches taking up precious space. Afterwards, these files are sorted in categories so users can choose which ones to delete.
Monitoring disk space is also easy, as it shows just exactly how much of the hard drive is being used and displaying an alert whenever it is dangerously close to being filled.
4. Magican – For Mac owners who want an all-in-one system cleaning app, look no further. In Full Scan mode, Magican sweeps everything from leftover files of uninstalled programs to duplicate files, unused language packs, cache folders, and even harmful viruses that can infect Macs. Quick Scan mode only targets potential threats. If users only want to check certain files, they can do that, too, with Custom Scan.
It also makes sure downloads are clean with its auto-detection system warning users if that file is unsafe. With its full system data, CPU and memory usage monitors, Macs running Magican are always protected. It even reminds users to upgrade apps with available updates on the App Store and to uninstall applications that are no longer being used.
5. MacKeeper – If there is a program that can beat Magican’s capabilities, it’s MacKeeper by ZeoBIT. It not only does everything the previous program does, it also provides complete antivirus protection with its Internet Security feature. It blocks risky websites automatically and allows users to create a list of websites for the program to block for even more security.
Recover deleted files in case they are still needed, or remove all traces of them from the hard drive with the Shredder. Choose which apps should you allow to start automatically when booting up the Mac, and which apps to use when opening certain files. ZeoBIT even developed an Anti-Theft feature which takes a picture of the would-be robber using the Mac’s camera and sends geographical data online through the user’s ZeoBIT account.
If that isn’t enough, the Geek on Demand feature lets users contact one of ZeoBIT’s team of tech experts to help them on whatever problem they might have with their Macs.
Suffering through sluggish performance is no longer something any Mac user has to go through. Clean up yours now so you can get back to having a fun and productive experience in high speed.